Our greatest asset in this visioning effort is our community. You have great ideas about where we should be headed. To make sure that we hear all of these ideas, campus leadership invites you to gather together and develop community white papers.

The deadline for submitting a white paper has passed. If you have a question about white papers, please email Academic Futures. 

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The Case for Career Development Core Coursework (Severy)

The author makes the case that adding career development coursework to the core curriculum will ensure that all students make strides toward academic and career progress.

Learning how to learn (Kassoy)

The author makes a clear case that the baseline desired outcome of higher education to learn how to learn. See the white paper

Public Scholarship (Welner)

The author calls for valuing and encouraging public scholarship with the same rewards as bestowed upon traditional academic scholarship directed at peers. See the white paper

Academics and Executives in the Mountains: The Colorado Gold Rush of 2017 (Hekman)

The author proposes ways to leverage CU Boulder expertise in executive education by hosting executive programs in downtown Boulder and in mountain resort towns. See the white paper

Formative Assessment Through Protocol-Based Observations (Martin, et al.)

The authors propose a new set of methods to emphasize the value of using valid and authentic methods of peer review of teaching while encouraging data-driven professional development and revision of teaching. They put forward the adoption of technology that enables collection of teaching and student engagement data in the...

Evaluating teaching in a scholarly manner: A model and call for an evidence-based, departmentally-defined approach to enhance teaching evaluation for CU Boulder (Finkelstein, et al.)

The authors outline a framework for support and assessment of teaching quality grounded in the scholarship of higher education in order to advance individual educational efforts and support the alignment of campus resources to enhance education. See the white paper

Comprehensive Internationalization at CU Boulder (Bell, et al.)

The authors submit that a coordinated international strategy –built on five points of action -- can help the University better utilize resources and advance the campus’s strategic imperatives. See the white paper

The Future of Large Lecture Spaces (Fell, et al.)

Using data from surveys conducted by OIT’s Academic Technology Design Team and the A&S Support of Education Through Technology (ASSETT) program, the authors outline the challenges of large lecture spaces on campus and offer some possible solutions from peer universities to the problems they present. See the white paper

Making Excellence Inclusive (Clayton-Pedersen, et al.)

The authors – consultants to the University of Colorado Boulder’s Diversity and Inclusive Excellence strategic planning process – outline new ways of thinking about how to define diversity and inclusion in a campus context. See the white paper

Academic Futures: Interdisciplinary Graduate Education (Sumner, et al.)

The authors outline six attributes of a model for an effective interdisciplinary model of graduate education. See the white paper